1948 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 1948 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 19, 1948, and ended with the championship game on March 23 in New York City. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

1948 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsKentucky Wildcats (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-upBaylor Bears (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachAdolph Rupp (1st title)
MOPAlex Groza (Kentucky)
Top scorerAlex Groza Kentucky
(54 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1947 1949»

Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp, won the national title with a 58–42 victory in the final game over Baylor, coached by Bill Henderson. Alex Groza of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1948 tournament:


March 19 and 20
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship GameEdit

March 23
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East Columbia Gordon Ridings EIBL Regional Fourth Place Michigan L 66–49
East Holy Cross Doggie Julian Independent Third Place Kansas State W 60–54
East Kentucky Adolph Rupp Southeastern Champion Baylor W 58–42
East Michigan Ozzie Cowles Big Ten Regional Third Place Columbia W 66–49
West Baylor Bill Henderson Southwest Runner-up Kentucky L 58–42
West Kansas State Jack Gardner Big Six Fourth Place Holy Cross L 60–54
West Washington Art McLarney Pacific Coast Regional Third Place Wyoming W 57–47
West Wyoming Everett Shelton Skyline Regional Fourth Place Washington L 57–47


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
    Kentucky 76  
  Columbia 53  
    Kentucky 60  
    Holy Cross 52  
  Holy Cross 63
    Michigan 45  
      Kentucky 58
    Baylor 42
    Kansas State 58  
  Wyoming 48  
    Kansas State 52 Third place
    Baylor 60  
  Baylor 64 Holy Cross 60
    Washington 62   Kansas State 54

Regional Third Place GamesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1948 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2018.